Title: Rock My World
Series: A Mondez Novel, 1
Author: Lee Piper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
High school teacher Grace Thompson didn’t want to be a mentor. And she sure as hell didn’t want to mentor Levi Mondez.
They got off to a rocky start, but it wasn’t entirely her fault. How was she to know he was the lead singer of local rock band, Mondez? How was she to know he considered her short temper a turn on? And how was she to know her best friend, Riley, would fall for him?
If he wasn’t so damn gorgeous it might have made the whole mess easier to handle. If he didn’t transform Grace into a blazing furnace of need, and if he hadn’t confused the hell out of her already bruised heart, life might have turned out a heck of a lot differently. She was screwed.
Playlist for Rock My World
Cog, The New Normal
1. Real Life
2. Anarchy OK
3. Silence is Violence
5. The Spine
6. My Enemy
8. The River Song
10. Doors (Now and Then My Life Feels Like It’s Going Nowhere)
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐
Grace Thompson has trust issues. She doesn’t trust herself or men, in general, after being burnt by an ex-boyfriend. She has also family issues. She’s snarky and smart-mouthed – a tough nut to crack. When she meets sexy rocker, Levi Mondez, in a club one night, she’s completely thrown by the electric attraction between them. However, he’s off limits, as her best friend in the whole world, Riley, fancies him.
“Life well and truly sucked when the one muscular thing you wanted, was the one muscular thing you couldn’t have.”
Levi Mondez is unbelievably sexy and upfront about his desire for Grace. He tries to tell Grace that Riley isn’t interested him, but Grace knows her friend. She keeps trying to push Levi away, but he’s persistent. When work circumstances throw them together, she’s beside herself, as she realises that her attraction is serious, and she has no idea how she’s going to cope working with him, especially when they get sent away to a work conference together. She wants to be loyal to her best friend but Levi is something of a force to be reckoned with, and her libido around him is off the charts.
For me, this was a reasonable read. I’ll be honest and say that I found Grace somewhat annoying – she was such an angry person and had major trust issues, and often just comes off as petulant and bitchy. The story was told completely from her POV and we get lots of flashbacks to the past, which explains her psychology, but I found it hard to emphasise with her.
Levi was incredibly patient with her - it felt like he was doing all the hard work in trying to make their relationship work. He found her frustrating but he felt so much for her and battled hard to make her see that there was something real between, even on such short acquaintance.
Both characters had something of a painful past each, but even after baring their souls to one another, Grace was still hard work. I really wanted her to fight harder for him!
What I liked about this novel was that there was a real connection between the main characters, even though Grace tried to constantly sabotage their relationship. The chemistry between them was amazing. I also liked that Grace had a such a strong relationship with her bestie, Riley, and loved her enough to try and keep Levi at bay. The conclusion was satisfactory with a lead into Riley’s book.
Lee Piper is a lover of books. She often juggles reading seven novels at a time for the sheer joy of it. At the grand old age of five, Lee Piper decided to become an author, however found a limited market for her unicorn stories. So, high school English teacher it was.
At thirty-two, and grieving the loss of her second miscarriage, Lee Piper turned to novels—Kylie Scott to be precise—to escape the pain. This then inspired her to write Rock My World, the first in a four part contemporary romance series. Her debut novel not only reached the second round of the 2016 Emerald Award, but also became an Evernight Publishing bestseller within the first two weeks of publication.
Lee Piper lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her drummer husband, cheeky daughters, and one very crazy dog.